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Field Trips

As described in our field trip arrangements document, there are usually two or more field trips to various local sites every month. Sometimes it is necessary to cancel a field meeting at short notice. Please check status of imminent field trips at our News Site before setting out.

If you would like to see and read about some of our past trips check the archive


Saturday 23rd June: CAEN HILL LOCKS Nr. DEVIZES, Wilts.


Start: 10.30 in Canal and River Trust car park for Caen Hill Locks. From the A361 into Devizes turn left at the bottom of the dual carriageway into B3101 Marsh Lane and the car park is signposted on the right. Please note this is a pay and display car park: £1 for 4 hours. Bus: X72 from Bath Bus Station. GR ST986616 Landranger 173/Explorer 156.

Finish: 14.00.

Focus: Multiple interest walk, searching for Dragonflies, Butterflies and Birds including possible Red-Kite and Water Vole.

Description: We will walk around the large sideways extended ponds that store water needed to operate the locks. Leisurely continuing on a short walk over gently sloping grassy terrain and gravel canal towpath. Snacks or a picnic lunch can be carried and eaten during our circuit of the ponds.


Co-ordinator: HUGO BROOKE (Butterfly Conservation )

Meet: From 11.30am in public car park. GR ST 801589 Landranger 173/Explorer 156

Finish: Approx. 16.00

Focus: Butterflies and moths, and other fauna and flora.

Description: A great FREE family day out. Guided walks, moth trap displays, bat roost viewing by infra-red camera, arts and crafts, face-painting and story-telling, butterfly-friendly plants for sale etc. Refreshments available at Iford Manor tea rooms, alternatively, bring a picnic.





Wednesday 4th July: BROWNE’S FOLLY Bath.


Meet: 10.30 reserve car park ST 793 663 Landranger 172/Explorer 155

Finish: 13.00

Focus: A walk around the reserve looking for summer flowers and insects with an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views of Bath and the Avon valley. Depending on weather, we may start with a brief look at the Moths trapped the night before, prior to their release back into the wild.

Description: Woodland and chalk downland with meadows. Some steep slopes and uneven paths, so walking boots or shoes are recommended.


   10.30 Kilmersdon village hall car park ST 696323 Landranger 183/Explorer 142

Finish: 14.00
Focus: Summer wildlife. Mainly Invertebrates and Wildflowers.

Description: Could be muddy in parts so waterproof boots may be necessary. Route may change due to crops and/or livestock, but we will still have plenty of scope to re-route to a walk of a similar distance of around 3.6 miles.

Saturday 28th July: EVENING WALK AT ELM FARM.


Meet: 20.00 Elm Farm, Burnett, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 2TF. GR ST 664653 Landranger 172/Explorer 155

Finish: 22.00 approx.

Focus: Local farmland wildlife, and general interest. Possible Bats and Owls.

Description: Please wear suitable clothing, including long trousers, due to possible Tick problems. Sturdy footwear for farm tracks and field pathways. Please bring refreshments to have along the way. Please note: Numbers limited, so please contact Philippa to book a place.



Meet: 10.00 The Avenue GR ST776642 Landranger 172/Explorer 155 Bus no.18

Finish: 13.00, approx.

Focus: General interest with emphasis on Invertebrates and Wildflowers.

Description: A gentle walk along woodland edges and rolling meadows. Please wear suitable shoes in case of muddy conditions and bring along snacks and drinks as required to consume on the walk.

Saturday 11th August: LORDS WOOD, Hunstrete, Somerset.


Meet: 10.30am by entrance gate at ST 630632. Landranger 172/Explorer 155. Please don’t block the gate. Share cars if possible. Take A36 to Chelwood Gate roundabout, then exit for Bristol, then first right at Whitley Batts (no through road to Birchwood House), and watch out for pot-holes in road!

Finish: 13.00 approx.

Focus: Late summer flowers, fungi and insects. White Admiral is a possibility.

Description: A circular walk on footpaths and tracks through woodland and plantation on sandstone and shale. Some slopes and uneven ground. Can be muddy after rain, so stout footwear advised.

Wednesday 5th September: EAST WOODLANDS Nr Frome, Somerset.


Meet: 10.00am at the church. GR ST 790441 Landranger 183/Explorer 142

Finish: 13.00 approx.

Focus: Early autumn wildlife including Fungi.

Description: A mixture of woodland and conifer plantation with paths and forestry tracks. Dry woodland on lower greensand and damp woods on gault clay. On the way we will visit Roddenbury Hill Fort. Two inclines with uneven ground and possible trip hazards. Mostly easy going but may be muddy in places, so sturdy footwear advised. Distance of between 1 ½ to 2 miles. This is a follow up trip to the very successful late summer meeting in August 2017.

Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd September: BATHSCAPE WALKING FESTIVAL

The second Bathscape Walking Festival features guided walks of different lengths exploring Bath’s green spaces and surrounding countryside. Most walks have a heritage and/or wildlife theme, aimed at a general audience. Amongst those planned is a visit to Solsbury Hill, led by Alan and Marion Rayner from 10.00 – 13.00 on Tuesday 18th September for up to twenty people, starting from the layby on the Solsbury side of the A46. GR ST761682 Landranger 172/Explorer 155


More details of how to book etc can be found on www.bathscapewalkingfestival.co.uk or call 01225 477265





Sunday 16th September: PRIMROSE HILL.


Meet: 10.30am. At the entrance to the woods in Fonthill Road. GR ST 740669 Landranger 172/Explorer 155

Finish: 12.30 – 1.00

Focus: To repeat the work of an earlier visit to assess the biodiversity of the Bryophytes in this new deciduous plantation. Our hypothesis is that with time the biodiversity of the Bryophytes will increase. We will also look at the many other interesting plants and animals that are now colonising what was once arable fields but is now a pleasant public space close to Bath.

Description: The site has wide, mostly flat paths with the occasional muddy patches, especially near the pond, so is generally easy going but wellies may be a sensible option. We will be entering the new woodland, so some scrambling will be needed, but the undergrowth is not very thick.

Wednesday 19th September: RAINBOW WOOD & FIELDS.


Meet: 11.00 lower gate office at Prior Park Garden. Please note: parking limited, so please arrive by foot or public transport. GR ST 762636 Landranger 172/Explorer 155

Finish: 13.30.

Focus: A general interest natural history and landscape walk, looking at trees, grasses and hedgerows, Butterflies, other Invertebrates and wildflowers.

Description: Mainly meadows and woodland edge paths, with some steep slopes. Stout footwear recommended as could be muddy in places.

Wednesday 26th September: CHEW VALLEY LAKE


Meet: 10.00 Herriot’s Bridge on A368 south of Bishop Sutton. GR ST 571581 Landranger 172/Explorer 141.

Finish: 15.00

Focus: Birdwatching. Wildfowl and waders.

Description: We will use a combination of shared cars and level walking on footpaths that may be muddy. Please bring a packed lunch, binoculars, telescope and BW permit if you have one. Only if conditions dictate, will we enter parts of the lake and hides only open to permit holders. I should be able to provide a few £5 day permits if necessary.

Useful website: - www.bristolwaterco.uk


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